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Portage Northern defeats Central in District Final

Portage Central 9, Loy Norrix 0

Huskies sweep Mustangs

Ryan Mergner receives B'nai Brith Scholar-Athlete Award

PC & Mattawan Split

PC tops Vicksburg

Luke Schaefer's no-hitter...

Coaches Poll ranks PC at 10th.

Kazoo Gazette upgrades PC to top spot.

Kazoo Gazette baseball rankings

PC Sweeps Benton Harbor

PC ranked #1 in first Kzo Gazette 2014 baseball rankings

Brandon Baker Named New Coach

K-zoo Gazette Dream Team

PC ranked #3 Team in State

Surging PC sweeps PN; clinches SMAC West

PC Undefeated in North-South Challenge

PC Sweeps Forrest Hills Eastern

PC Moves up to 10 in State Rankings

PC Wins Hudsonville Tournament

PC Sweeps Niles

VanderBor Shuts Out Mattawan in Double-Header Split

PC Splits with Midland

Luke Schaefer shuts out Sturgis

Nate Schneider drives in four...

Portage Central Swept by Gull Lake

Portage Central Sweeps St Joseph Friday

Portage Central Sweeps Kalamazoo Central Tuesday

PBR Identifies Mergener as a top infielder prospect

PC Ranked 11th in pre-season coaches poll

Q&A with Coastal Carolina Commit- Cole Schaefer, RHP, Portage Central

Portage Central pitcher Cole Schaefer taking nice-guy persona, high-end talent to Division I Coastal Carolina University

Portage Central infielder Nate Schneider will continue baseball career at Western Michigan University

Portage Central baseball team cannot climb out of early hole in 8-1 Division 1 regional semifinals loss to Dexter

Mustangs Hurler Templeton Taking Pitching Talents to Kellogg CC

Portage Central Baseball Team Delivers Win Over Mattawan When it Counts

Portage Central trio boosts NCAA-bound Michigan State baseball team

Mustangs To Complete Suspended Game at Niles, Share of SMAC West Tite on the Line

Mustangs to Clash With Gull Lake in G-K Tournament Final

Ex-Mustang Monty Porter Sets New WMU Record for Mound Appearances

Ex-Mustangs Help Power MSU Past Broncos

Mattawan Bucks Trend in Sweep of No. 5-ranked Mustangs

Mustangs Settle for Split at St. Joseph

Kalamazoo Gazette 2012 Baseball Preview: Powerhouses well-armed with top-notch pitching


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2014 Mustang Award Winners

Division 1 All-Academic Team

    Casey Shinabarger, 4.4    Brian Taggett, 4.4
    Lucas Creed, 4.0    Jed Forster, 4.6
    Ryan Mergener, 4.2    Justin Stanton, 4.1

All-Conference & All-District Teams
Austin Wills, OF
Jordyn Muffley, C
Ryan Mergener, P

Mustangs Finish as District Runner-Up
Portage, MI  5/31/2014

The Mustang Varsity ended their bid for a post season championship Saturday when they faced Portage Northern in the District Championship. The Huskies barked out 7 runs while the Mustangs were only able to plate 3.

Earlier in the day PC beat Mattawan in a District Semi-Final 3-1. The Mustangs drew a pre-district match-up this year and played Loy Norrix for the right to play Mattawan. PC prevailed 9-0 over the Knights in that game. Portage Northern played Kalamazoo Central in their semi-final and bested the Maroon Giants 4-0 to advance to the championship.

Regular Season Ends with Split
Portage, MI  5/23/2014

The Mustang Varsity ended the regular season with a big 10-3 win Friday night. Unfortunately the first game of the double-header was lost 0-10. It was the 6th split of the season for PC.

The Mustangs play a quarter-final or "pre-district" on Tuesday against Loy Norrix. The game will be played at Kalamazoo Central on Drake Road at 4pm. The winner will play Mattawan on Saturday. The other side of the bracket has Kalamazoo Central playing Portage Northern on Saturday.

Split with Niles Results in 3rd
Place SMAC West Finish
Portage, MI  5/20/2014

In spite of a big 4 run 3rd inning for PC and taking a 8-7 lead into the 7th inning the Mustangs were unable to hold on giving up the tying run in the 7th and the winning run in the 8th.

In Game 2 PC started the scoring early and amassed 6 runs before Niles was able to put a number on the board. The game was called 1 inning early due to darkness. 6-3 after 6 innings.

1st PN-PC Hit-a-Thon
Portage, MI  5/18/2014

Portage Northern hosted PC for a "Hit-a-Thon" and alumni game to benefit Portage Baseball as well as donate a portion of the proceeds to "Cuff and Ladder Fund." The Hit-a-Thon went well and was a lot of fun for the boys. The distance of each hit was eye-balled and then the best x number of hits were tallied to determine a team winner. Portage Northern was determined the winner of all three levels (Varsity, JV and Freshmen.)

In the Alumni game the Mustangs did what Mustangs typically do and beat the Huskies by an overwhelming score of 7-1. Alumni Game Pictures.

The event was deemed a success by all those involved and a big thank you goes out to all of you who donated and attended the event. A huge special thank you to event organizer Rob Pincus and Portage Central event coordinators Marty Witt and  Jean Wilkinson. Event Pictures.

MLB Raffle Winners
Portage, MI  5/14/2014

Rick Clark (sold by AH)
Jack Lemmermen (sold by Luke Schaefer)
Rob Karbowski (sold by Jon Harning)
Kathy Irwin sold by Ryan Mergener)

Mustangs to play Loy Norrix in pre-district.
Portage, MI  5/14/2014

The Mustangs will start post-season play in a pre-district game against Loy Norrix on Tuesday, May 27th. The winner will play Mattawan in the district semi-final, Saturday May 31st. District games will be played at Kalamazoo Central. The district winner will move on to regionals in Holt on June 7th.

Mustangs lose both games to
Portage Northern in the rain.
Portage, MI  5/14/2014

PC had a hard time finding their stride Wednesday in the cold and rain. The Huskies made the most of things and won both games taking firm control of the SMAC West conference. Game 1 got off poorly for the Mustangs as the Huskies mustered 4 runs in the first and 2 in the second inning. PC was only able to plate 1 run all game and lost 1-8.

Game two was a different story as PC scored 2 runs in the first inning and held a slim lead through the top of the 7th inning. But trailing by 1 with one out in the seventh the Huskies rallied to take a 1 run lead. PC hitters were unable to solve PN's pitcher though, and went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 7th.

Niles and St. Joseph Split leaving door open for PC to take control of SMAC West tonight when the Huskies visit the Mustangs.
St. Joseph, MI  5/13/2014

The Niles Vikings sailed into St Joseph intent to disrupt the Bears bid for a conference championship and place themselves in contention for the top spot. But the Viking's pillaging ended after a 3-2 game 1 win. The Bears beat back the Vikings assault with a 3-run 3rd inning in game 2 that proved to be more than the Vikings could overcome.

The Vikings (7-5 SMAC) only have PC left on their conference schedule while the Bears (9-3 SMAC) have Kalamazoo Central left to contend with.

Mustangs split with Mattawan: Share SMAC West Conference lead with Portage Northern
Mattawan, MI  5/9/2014

The Mustangs fell behind quickly against Mattawan Friday night yielding 5 runs in the first inning including a Grand Slam. The Wildcats padded that with another 2 runs in the second and one more in the third. Noah Spears came into the game in relief in the third and only allowed 1 (unearned) run in his 4 innings of work but the Mustangs were unable to overcome the Wildcats lead and lost 3-8.

PC started off the nightcap with a quick two runs when lead-off Austin Wills doubled and scored later after a Wildcat error. And Jordyn Muffley hit a solo home run - his 4th homer of the season. Brett Bashaw pitched the entire game for PC giving up only 1 earned run but 4 over all.

PC had a 3-0 lead in the 4th inning when a series of errors led to the Wildcats getting 3 runs of their own. The Mustangs went back to work in the 5th with 3 straight hits - Wills doubled to lead off the inning, Mickey Losey added a single and with two aboard Ryan Mergener hit his 4th home run of the season. The added 3 runs gave the Mustangs all they would need and all they would get to 6-4 win. But the game ending was very exciting as the Wildcats put their first two hitters on the bases before a strike out, pop-out and 6-4 put-out ended the game.

Mustangs improve to 11-5 with Sweep of Lakeshore 10-0 and 9-1
Portage, MI  5/6/2014

Luke Schaefer (4-0) delivered a no-hitter for the Mustangs as the bats banged out 14 hits and 10 runs in 5 innings to beat the Lancers in the Senior Night opener.

The nightcap was similar but the Lancers did manage an un-earned run and forced pitcher Ryan Mergener (4-0) to go the distance to earn his 4th Pitching win of the season. Again the Mustangs banged out 14 hits and were aided by 4 Lancer errors to get 9 runs.

Long Day in Stevensville Stretches
Mustang Pitching Staff
Stevensville, MI  5/3/2014

PC's varsity baseball and softball  teams traveled to Stevensville Saturday to play in the Lakeshore Invitational. The Mustangs charged out to an opening victory behind the pitching of Brett Bashaw and Joe Janicke.

The next two games did not go as well for PC as the pitching staff was stretched and the offence lacked the punch needed to overcome a hard hitting Grandville team.

In the third game PC put runners on the bases and threatened multiple times but was unable to get enough runs to overcome South Bend St Joseph's lead. Jordyn Muffley had 2 home runs during the tournament and Ryan Mergener added another see Game Changer for more game information and stats.

Portage Central Mustangs tops Kalamazoo Central in back-and-forth affair, 3-2
Portage, MI  4/29/2014

Portage Central Mustangs and Kalamazoo Central traded the lead five times on Tuesday, but Portage Central Mustangs ended up on top with a 3-2 win in seven innings over Kalamazoo Central.

Portage Central Mustangs took the lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. A sacrifice fly by Ryan Mergener scored Joe Janicke and gave Portage Central Mustangs the lead for good.

Justin Stanton was hot from the plate for Portage Central Mustangs. Justin went 2-3 and scored one run. He singled in the second inning and doubled in the sixth inning.

Portage Central Mustangs relied on Brett Bashaw to eat up innings en route to the win. Brett pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, five hits and two walks while striking out two.

The top of the third saw Kalamazoo Central take an early lead, 1-0. #2 started the rally for Kalamazoo Central with a double. A single by #1 then moved #2 from second to third.

Portage Central Mustangs answered Kalamazoo Central's top inning with one run of its own in the third. Portage Central Mustangs scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan.

The lead was Portage Central Mustangs' to lose after sixth inning. More runs came home on.

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Portage Central Mustangs makes the most of 5 hits in 4-2 victory over Kalamazoo Central
Portage, MI  4/29/2014

Both PC Mustangs and Kalamazoo Central put runners aboard on Tuesday, but it was the Mustangs that was able to take advantage, pulling out a 4-2 win.

Kalamazoo Central out-hit PC six to five, but Kalamazoo Central stranded 10 runners on base.

The Mustangs staved off Kalamazoo Central as Kalamazoo Central was unable to match PC down the stretch.

Kalamazoo Central scored on an RBI single by #14 in the fourth inning and an error in the fifth inning. Still, Kalamazoo Central couldn't draw even.

Luke Schaefer recorded the win for Portage Central Mustangs. He allowed one run over four innings. Luke struck out five, walked two and gave up three hits.

#44 ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, walked one, struck out two, and allowed four runs.

Portage Central Mustangs never trailed after scoring three runs in the third on a groundout by Justin Stanton and two singles.

After a quick strike from Kalamazoo Central, Portage Central Mustangs responded with one run in the fourth. Portage Central Mustangs scored on a groundout by Ryan Mergener.

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Portage Central Mustangs complete sweep,
by hanging on against Gull Lake, 3-2
Portage, MI  4/25/2014

Gull Lake was never able to get over the hump and overcome its troubles against Portage Central on Friday, as Gull Lake fell 3-2 at Portage Central High School after falling behind by two runs in the third inning.

Gull Lake scored one run in the sixth. Despite its efforts, Gull Lake couldn't finish the comeback.

Jacob Allan racked up two RBIs on two hits for Portage Central Mustangs. He singled in the second inning and doubled in the third inning.

Portage Central Mustangs relied on Ryan Mergener to eat up innings en route to the win. Ryan allowed one earned run, four hits and one walk while striking out five over seven innings of work.

The top of the first saw Gull Lake take an early lead, 1-0. A double by #3, bringing home #13 started the inning off.

The lead stayed with Portage Central Mustangs after the third, when it scored three runs on a two-run double by Jacob and a solo home run by Ryan.

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Early lead gives Mustangs easy victory
over Gull Lake, 10-0
Portage, MI  4/25/2014

The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead on Gull Lake and captured a 10-0 victory on Friday at Portage Central High School.

Six runs in the first three innings allowed Portage Central Mustangs to put the game away early.

An RBI triple by Ryan Mergener and a passed ball during the first inning and a home run by Jordyn Muffley in the second inning supplied the early offense for Portage Central.
Ryan racked up four RBIs on three hits for Portage Central Mustangs.

Luke Schaefer looked sharp on the hill. Schaefer gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out seven during his five innings of work.

#3 took the loss for Gull Lake. He allowed six runs in two innings, walked two and struck out two.

Portage Central matched its two-run fourth inning with two more in the fifth. In the fourth, Portage Central scored on a two-run home run by Ryan, scoring Austin Wills.

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Mustangs Win Both Games Over
Conference Foe Benton Harbor

Portage, MI  4/22/2014

PC Mustangs Varsity won both games in lopsided battles that both ended in the 3rd inning due to run rules. Luke Schaefer pitched the first two innings of the first game and John Hayward pitched the third. Mickey Losey hit a home run. The final score was 23-0 on 24 hits.

In game two Ryan Mergener pitched the first two innings and Alex Lloyd mopped up the third inning. The final was 16-0 on 9 hits.

Early lead not enough for Mustang Varsity,
 drop 7-5 decision to Forrest Hills Central

Hudsonville, MI  4/19/2014

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on and lost 7-5 to Forrest Hills Central on Saturday.

Forrest Hills Central took the lead in the sixth inning on a groundout by #13.

#13 recorded the win for Forrest Hills Central. He pitched one-third shutout innings. He struck out none, walked none and surrendered no hits.

Joe Janicke was charged with the loss. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out three, and allowed three runs.

In the top of the first, Portage Central Mustangs Varsity grabbed the early lead, 1-0. Austin Wills singled to ignite Portage Central Mustangs Varsity's offense. A single by Ryan Mergener then moved Austin from first to second.

It didn't take long for Forrest Hills Central to respond as it scored two runs of its own in the first. Forrest Hills Central scored on a two-run home run by #31.

The game's last lead went to Forrest Hills Central thanks to a sixth inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on a groundout by #13 and an RBI single by #10.

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Mustangs fend off Hudsonville's late push,
 hold on 4-3
Hudsonville, MI  4/19/2014

Hudsonville wasn't able to come back from the big hole it dug itself into against Portage Central Mustangs Varsity, and Hudsonville lost 4-3 to Portage Central Mustangs Varsity after falling behind by three runs in the second inning.

Hudsonville scored on a sacrifice fly by Logan Magsig in the third inning and an RBI single by Dakota Prince in the sixth inning. Despite its efforts, Hudsonville couldn't get over the hump.

Brett Bashaw was a workhorse on the hill for Portage Central Mustangs Varsity. Brett pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, three hits and three walks while striking out four.

The game was never in doubt after the second, as Portage Central Mustangs Varsity scored three runs on two singles.

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Mustang Varsity cruise past St Joseph 5-0 in 2nd game behind Ryan Mergener's 7 strikeouts
St Joseph, MI  4/17/2014

Ryan Mergener tossed a shutout to lift Portage Central Mustangs Varsity to a 5-0 win over St Joseph at St Joseph High School in seven innings.

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity's Ryan kept St Joseph off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the rubber. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out seven.

Joe Stewart racked up three RBIs on three hits for Portage Central Mustangs Varsity. He singled in the first, third, and seventh innings.

The game's last lead went to Portage Central Mustangs Varsity thanks to a first inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by Joe Stewart.

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity built upon its lead with three runs in the seventh. A hit into a fielder's choice scored Austin Wills for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Joe Stewart's single, bringing home Brian Tagget and Mickey Losey.

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Mustangs Varsity falls to St Joseph
5-4 on late run in opening game
St Joseph, MI  4/17/2014

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity fell victim to a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday, handing St Joseph a 5-4 win at St Joseph High School.

With the score tied at three in the ninth inning, #5 came to the plate and singled, scoring #7 and #12.

It was a good day at the plate for Portage Central Mustangs Varsity's Justin Stanton. Justin went 1-3 and scored one run. He doubled in the fourth inning.

Luke Schaefer worked out of four tough spots for Portage Central Mustangs Varsity. He pitched eight innings and allowed no earned runs on eight hits. Luke faced his toughest situation in the sixth inning.

#15 got the win in relief for St Joseph. #15 pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs.

Noah Spears took the loss for Portage Central Mustangs Varsity. He lasted just two-thirds of an inning, walked one, struck out none, and allowed two runs.

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, pushing across fourth. Portage Central Mustangs Varsity scored on an error and an RBI single by Noah.

Portage Central Mustangs Varsity tied the game in the seventh on a passed ball that scored Ryan Mergener.

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Weather Woes Strike Again

Season opening game has been moved again. The season opening games for Varsity and JV has been moved from Tuesday to Thursday against St. Joseph. While the Varsity travels to St. Joe the JV will play at home. This is the second time the opening game of 2014 has been moved. The original season opener was scheduled for April 1st against Mattawan. That game will now be played May 9th.

Baseball Try-Out Results/Rosters

The roster pages have been updated with 2014's players selected after try-outs. These rosters will be corrected and updated as more information becomes available. If you see an error please feel free to send an email to webmaster@portagecentralbaseball.org. Please include the website page the error is on, the incorrect data and the correct data. Thank You.

JV Coach Selected

Shane Wesseldyk has been hired as Portage Central's JV Baseball coach.  Coach Wesseldyk brings over 10 years of High School coaching experience with him from Allegan and Bloomingdale High Schools where he has served as both Varsity head coach and JV head coach. Coach Wesseldyk played baseball at Cornerstone College and South Haven High School. Coach Wesseldyk will be also be teaching at North Middle School as a Science and PE teacher. Coach Baker is "excited to have him join the staff."

Winter Workouts Going On Now

If you plan to play Spring Baseball and you are not participating in a school sport Coach Baker invites and encourages you to join your baseball team-mates for winter workouts. Currently workouts are on Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 in the weight room.

Four-player workouts will begin December 3rd. Four players at a time will work with Coach Baker on hitting, pitching and catcher practice. Sign up with Coach Baker for your slot - preference will be given to returning players. M&W 3-5 hitting. T&T 5-7:15 pitchers and catchers.

WMU Lawson Hockey Arena Fundraiser

The dates for our annual Lawson cleaning fundraiser are set. Please mark your calendar and plan to help.
Nov. 23rd vs. Michigan State
Dec. 7th vs. North Dakota State
Jan. 31st vs. Minnesota-Deluth

Brandon Baker Named Next PC Varsity Coach

Jim Murray introduced Brandon Baker to the Portage Central Baseball family Monday, August 19th in the Community room at Portage Central High school. The room was full of players, parents, coaches and boosters all anxious to know who the next coach would be.

Coach Baker, a Portage North Middle School science teacher, played collegiate baseball at WMU and was most recently the JV coach at Portage Northern. You can read the Kalamazoo Gazette article here.

Kalamazoo Gazette Names Schneider
"Coach of the Year" and puts 4 Mustangs
on area "2013 Dream Team"

Coach Paul Schneider received "Coach of the Year" honors from the M-Live/Kalamazoo Gazette and four Mustangs were placed on the M-Live/Kalamazoo Gazette "Dream Team" two more Mustangs received "Special Mention." Cole Schaefer, Jared VanderBor, Jordyn Muffley and Ryan Mergener received the "Dream Team" honors while Nate Schneider and Nick Corbit received "Special Mention." Congratulations Coach on a fine season and career at PC.
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Mustangs Honored by Team, Conference, District and State

Team Awards:
     Most Improved: Kevin Phelps
     Most Valuable:   Jared VanderBor

All SMAC-West Conference:
     Cole Schaefer     Jared VanderBor
     Nate Schneider   Nick Corbit
     Ryan Mergener

SMAC-West Conference Honorable Mention:
     Gavin Porter       Jordyn Muffley

All District:
     Cole Schaefer     Jared VanderBor
     Nick Corbit         Ryan Mergener

All State 2nd Team:
     Jared VanderBor

Mustangs Lose Heartbreaker to Huskies
in District Championship

Portage Central drew first blood in the 3rd inning with two outs when Ryan Mergener singled and Nick Corbit doubled to score Mergener. Then in the 5th Corbit drew a walk and later scored off a Jordyn Muffley double. With a score of 2-0 and Cole Schaefer pitching a great game heading into the 7th things were looking good for the Mustangs.

But a Husky single followed by a bad bounce on a possible double-play ball left two runners on and no outs. The Huskies went on to get a few more hits and put the ball in play scoring 2 runs to tie it up.

The Mustangs sent 6 to the plate in the bottom of the 7th but failed to score, the Huskies managed a run in the 8th off a hit, walk and error. But the Mustangs failed to generate a run. Cole Schaefer pitched a great game going the entire 8 innings giving up only 5 scattered hits 1 walk and no earned runs and 8 strike-outs. The Mustangs managed 6 hits, 3 walks, 2 safe by errors and scored 2 earned runs.

Mustangs getting hits during the game Mergener, Corbit(2b), Nate Schneider, Muffley (1b, 2b), Gavin Porter.

In semi final action Portage Central defeated Kalamazoo Central 12-0 after 4 1/2 innings of play. A rare triple-play started the game when the Maroon Giants managed to get two quick hits to start the game. A caught blooper by second baseman Kevin Phelps started the play. Phelps then went to Jordyn Muffley on 1st before the runner could tag up and Muffley relayed the ball to Gavin Porter at home to tag out the runner. A 4-3-2 triple-play. In both the 4th and 5th innings KC had runners at the corners with 1 out. But the stingy Mustang defense refused to let them score.

Mustangs scored 1 run in the 1st then added 3 in the 3rd and a whopping 8 in the 4th. Getting hits for PC was Ryan Mergener(2), Nick Corbit, Nate Schneider (3b), Jordyn Muffley(2b), Mickey Losey(2), Kevin Phelps(2), Alex McCoy(2) and Chase Richards.

Jared VanderBor pitched the shutout for the Mustangs and did an outstanding job striking out 4 while walking 2. One error was committed behind VanderBor.

PC Moved up to #3 in State Rankings
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Varsity Clinches Sole Possession of
SMAC West Conference Championship

Portage Central jumped all over the Portage Northern pitchers at the Huskies diamond to sweep the Huskies and earn sole possession of the SMAC West Conference Championship. In the first game of the twin-bill PC jumped out to an early lead when lead off hitter Ryan Mergener singled followed by a Nick Corbit single and then Jordyn Muffley hit a double to drive in both runs. Meanwhile Cole Schaefer pitched a gem and kept the Huskies off the scoreboard until the 6th inning. In the 5th inning Nate Schneider hit a 3-run homer, his second of the season. In the 7th Kevin Phelps drove in the Mustangs final run. In total the Mustangs amassed 11 hits from Mergener (1b, 2b), Corbit (2), Muffley (2-1b, 2b), Schneider (HR), Alex McCoy (2b), Mickey Losey, and Gavin Porter (2b).  Cole Schaefer went 5 2/3 giving up 2 runs and striking out 8 while only allowing 1 walk. Mergener pitched the last 4 outs allowing 1 run on a hit and walk and striking out 2.

In the nightcap the Mustangs started out with a bang as Nick Corbit hit a 2 run home run followed by hits from Schneider, Losey and Porter to take a quick 4-0 lead. Another big inning in the 4th added 4 more runs to a 5-0 lead after 4 hits and a Husky error. Jared VanderBor toed the rubber for PC and kept the Huskies at bay until 2 errors in the 4th combined with 3 hits and a walk to let the Huskies on the score-board with three runs. VanderBor ended up striking out the side. But the score tightened to 9-3. Kevin Phelps pitched the 5th for the Mustangs yielding 1 run on a hit and walk. Ryan Mergener pitched the 6th where the Huskies picked up another 3 runs on 2 hits, a walk and an error. Then in the 7th things went bad for PN allowing PC to score 5 runs without recording a hit. With a 15-7 lead Luke Schaefer came in to close the game and did a fine job getting the outs while allowing only 1 more Husky run. PC recorded 13 hits during the game. Mergener (2-1b, 2b), Corbit(HR), Schneider, Losey (2-1b, 2b), Porter (1b, 2b), Muffley (2).

Freshman Split Doubleheader
with Gull Lake to End Season
5/20/2013 Mike West

On a warm and windy Monday afternoon, PC Freshman split their season ending doubleheader with Gull Lake. In the first game, PC could only muster two singles (Daniel Kuchenbuch and Ethan Dunlop) on their way to a 7-2 loss. Collin Callaway pitched two innings and Ethan Dunlop pitched three innings. The Mustangs rebounded in the second game with nine hits on their way to an 8-7 win. William Gentner pitched four innings and Ethan Dunlop pitched one inning and PC hits were recorded by Ethan Dunlop (2B, 1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B, 1B), Justin Gatz (2B), Jason West (1B), Kyle Kesler (1B), Jake Porter (1B) and Joseph Witt (1B). The exciting 5th inning was highlighted by an incredible catch in rightcenter field by Kyle Kesler after colliding heavily with Daniel Kuchenbuch. The catch prevented Gull Lake from scoring the game tying run that ended up being stranded at 3rd base.

Saturday May 18th Senior Day
and MLB Raffle Day

Between games Saturday, Portage Central Baseball Seniors were honored.

MLB Ticket Raffle Drawing Winners.
Tina Ritchie, sold by Jordan Muffley.
Game: May 27, Cubs at Whitesox

Mickey Troth, sold by Davin Renda.
Game: May 29, Whitesox at Cubs

Brynn Spears, sold by Noah Spears.
Game: June 5, Rays at Tigers

Paul VanderBor, sold by Jared Vanderbor.
Game: July 14, Rangers at Tigers

Elliott Herring, sold by Ben Herring.
Game: Whitesox Vouchers


Freshman Drop Doubleheader to Huskies
5/17/2013 Mike West

After riding a nine game winning streak, the PC Freshman lost two tough games to crosstown rival Portage Northern Friday evening. The Huskies beat PC 8-1 and 9-5 behind good pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. Max Newsome (four innings) and Ethan Dunlop (one inning) pitched the first game for PC, while William Gentner (three innings) and Ethan Dunlop (two innings) shared pitching duties in the second game. A total of 12 hits were recorded by PC in the doubleheader including Jason West (2B, 2B, 1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (2B, 1B), Ethan Dunlop (2B, 1B), Justin Gatz (1B, 1B), Max Newsome (2B), Jake Porter (1B) and Brad Lesman (1B). The Freshman conclude their season on Monday evening when they host Gull Lake.

Freshman Beat Lakeview Three Times
in Home-Home Series
5/1/2013 Mike West

On Friday, PC beat Lakeview 13-5 on a rainy, windy and cold evening behind a 2-run HR from Joseph Witt and solid pitching from Max Newsome (3 1/3 innings) and Ethan Dunlop (1 1/3 innings). Additional Mustang hits were recorded by Daniel Kuchenbuch (2B, 1B), Jason West (1B, 1B), William Gentner (1B), Jake Porter (1B), Brad Lesman (1B) and Ethan Dunlop (1B). The second game was rained out.

On Monday, PC beat Lakeview 14-0 in the first game highlighted by a complete game, one-hitter thrown by Collin Callaway who was masterful striking out five Spartans while walking only one batter. Mustang hits were recorded by Brad Lesman (1B, 1B), Ethan Dunlop (1B, 1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (2B), Joseph Witt (1B), Jake Porter (1B) and Jason West (1B). In the second game, PC beat Lakeview 9-8 capped off by a wild 5th inning finish. Trailing 5-0 entering the top of the 5th, Lakeview bats exploded for eight runs to take an 8-5 lead. However, the Mustangs did not quit and fought back to score four runs in the bottom of the 5th to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. The rally was highlighted by a two-run double from Joseph Witt to tie the game. Then with base loaded and two outs, Max Newsome delivered the game winning hit scoring Jaryd Stewart to secure the victory. Ben Herring pitched four innings and William Gentner pitched one inning and Mustang hits were recorded by Joseph Witt (2B, 1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B, 1B), Alex Repyak (1B), Jason West (1B), Brad Lesman (1B), Ethan Dunlop (1B) and Max Newsome (1B).

Varsity Win Hudsonville Tournament

PC defeated Stevensville Lakeshore 8-4 in the first game of the 2013 Hudsonville Tournament to earn the opportunity play for the tournament championship. Lake Orion (ranked #2 in the State) defeated Hudsonville 7-4 to earn the other birth in the championship game.

In the tournament championship, Portage Central scored 3 runs in the first inning and rode outstanding pitching and fielding to a 5-1 win over Lake Orion to win the Hudsonville Tournament on a cold rainy and miserable afternoon.

Freshman Dominate Gull Lake Tournament
5/4/2013 Mike West                                Game Photos

Outscoring their two opponents 38-4 and collecting a total of 32 hits, PC won the Gull Lake Tournament on Saturday in impressive fashion.

In the first game, PC beat Pennfield 25-4 behind the pitching of Ben Herring (two innings) and Collin Calloway (two innings). Eleven different Mustangs recorded a total of 21 hits including Jake Porter (2B, 1B, 1B), Max Newsome (2B, 1B, 1B), Joseph Witt (2B, 1B), Nolan Caranci (2B, 1B), Brad Lesman (1B, 1B), William Gentner (1B, 1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B, 1B), Jaryd Stewart (1B, 1B), Jason West (2B), Rick Campbell (1B) and Justin Gatz (1B),

In the second game, PC shut out Gull Lake 13-0 behind the outstanding pitching performance of William Gentner who threw a complete game, three hitter. Mustang bats continued to boom in the Championship Game recording 11 hits led by Jason West who went 4 for 4 (2B, 1B, 1B, 1B), Nolan Caranci (1B, 1B), Ethan Dunlop (1B), Jake Porter (1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B), Max Newsome (1B) and Brad Lesman (1B).

PC Freshman Sweep Mattawan
5/1/2013 Mike West

Behind a Joseph Witt 3-run dinger over the centerfield fence and strong pitching from Max Newsome, PC won the first game 4-2. Newsome pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out eight Wildcats and allowing just three hits. Ethan Dunlop came in relief and retired the last batter. A total of six hits were recorded by PC including Ethan Dunlop (1B, 1B), Joseph Witt (HR), William Gentner (1B), Alex Repyak (1B) and Kyle Kesler (1B).

Trailing Mattawan 5-3 entering the top of the 5th inning, PC rallied to win the second game 9-5. The six run rally began with a walk by Max Newsome and a single by Jake Porter. With one out and a full count, Jason West then delivered a pinch hit 2-run double to left field to tie the game. PC went on to score four additional runs on three walks, a hit batter and an error. Pitching duties were shared by Joseph Witt (two innings), William Gentner (two innings) and Ethan Dunlop (one inning) and PC hits were recorded by Jason West (2B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B), Joseph Witt (1B), Jake Porter (1B) and Ethan Dunlop (1B).

PC Freshman Take Two From Harper Creek
4/29/2013 Mike West

Trailing Harper Creek by two runs entering the bottom of the 5th, PC rallied with three runs to win the first game 5-4. Jared Stewart started the rally with a walk followed by a single from Alex Repyak and a two RBI single to center from Daniel Kuchenbuch. Following a stolen base by Kuchenbuch, Ethan Dunlop stepped to the plate and drove in the game winning run with a sharp single up the middle. William Gentner pitched the first three innings and Ethan Dunlop pitched the final two innings and PC hits were recorded by Nolan Caranci (1B), Alex Repyak (1B), Max Newsome (1B), Jake Porter (1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B) and Ethan Dunlop (1B).

PC dominated the second game winning 11-1 behind the pitching of Ben Herring (two innings) and Collin Calloway (two innings). A total of eight hits were recorded by PC including Ethan Dunlop (1B, 1B, 1B), Joe Witt (3B, 1B), Max Newsome (1B), Jake Porter (1B) and Jason West (1B).

Mustangs take 2 from St. Joseph
4/26/2013 Webmaster

The Mustang hardballers made short work of St. Joseph Friday winning both games by the 10-run "mercy" rule. The first game ended in 6 innings and the second ended after 5. Mustang hurlers Cole Schaefer and Jared VanderBor kept the Bears off the scoreboard all evening and each recorded their second win of the season in as many games. Kevin Phelps took the mound for the Mustangs in the 6th inning of the first game to mop up.

The Mustangs hit the ball well both games, unfortunately I don't have the hitting stats. If I get them they will get posted.

Hudsonville Tournament May 11th
4/26/2013 Webmaster

The Hudsonville tournament that was originally scheduled for April 13th has been rescheduled to Saturday May 11th. The format has changed a little too as there will only be four teams participating.
Click here for more information.

Schedules Change Again!
4/24/2013 Webmaster

Today's games, which were yesterday's games are cancelled again and will be played Friday but we have games already Friday so those will be moved to Saturday. Get it? Got it? I think I do. Seriously the schedules are updated so take a look. They are cleaned up a little bit too, I hope that is helpful.

This is getting ridiculous: just give us some sunshine and let us play ball. Everyone is frustrated, especially the coaches and players, but also the guy who said he'd keep this website updated.

Tuesday's Games Rained-Out Again
Rescheduled for Wednesday April 24th
4/23/2013 Webmaster

Portage Central and St. Joseph tried in vain to get a conference game in Tuesday, April 23rd. But for the sixth time this spring the games were cancelled. Out of a possible 15 games scheduled PC has only played 2. BOTH Varsity and JV teams will try again tomorrow to get the conference game in. Game time is set at 4:30 for the first game.

Varsity Games Moved to Portage Saturday
4/19/2013 Webmaster

The Varsity team will be playing against Grandville at home on Saturday. The start time for the first game is 12 noon. The JV team's games with Grandville are cancelled.

Varsity Take Both Games in Season Opener
4/16/2013 Webmaster

Both Kalamazoo Central and Portage Central started slow sending 9 players each to the plate in the first three innings. In the top of the fourth our Mustangs finally generated a run on a 2-out infield single by Mickey Losey which pushed Ryan Mergener across the plate. Mergener was on third after a walk and Jordyn Muffley and Nick Corbit were hit by pitches.

Kalamazoo Central responded in the 5th with a three run homer taking the lead 3-1. In the 6th the Mustangs tied things up after Mickey Losey's shot towards third base was mishandled and Jordyn Muffley (W) and Gavin Porter (2B) scored.

With the score tied at 3 Joseph Janicke knocked in Kevin Phelps (FC) and Chase Richards (E6) with a solid hit.

Cole Schaefer looked very good in his first outing and pitched the first 6 innings. Ryan Mergener closed the game for the Mustangs.

In Game 2 as the fans shivered the Mustangs jumped out early on the Maroon Giants scoring 5 runs off 4 hits (Chase Richards-2B, Nick Corbit, Gavin Porter, Kevin Phelps-2B) 3 Hit batters (Muffley, Losey, Janicke) a walk (Alex McCoy) and an error (Mergener.)

The Maroon Giants respond in their half of the inning by scoring a run made possible after two Mustang errors. An exciting Richards (CF) to Mergener (SS) to Muffley (C) play at the plate resulted in a Giants out.

Mustang scores in the 3rd (Phelps-W, scored on passed ball), 4th (Mergener-W from Porter hit) and 7th (Losey-1B on Phelps hit) innings rounded out the Mustang scoring. Corbit had two more hits during the game including a double and Richards added a hit in the 7th.

The Marron Giants added a run in the 6th to their cause but couldn't generate enough offense to threaten the Mustangs.

Jared VanderBor pitched a very good 6 innings and Luke Schaefer closed out the 7th inning.

PC Freshman Split Doubleheader with Gull Lake
4/15/2013 Mike West

Despite out-hitting Gull Lake seven to four, PC dropped the first game 6-2 due in large part to four errors and leaving bases loaded in the 4th and 5th innings. Joe Witt (2 2/3) and Jaryd Stewart (1 1/3) both pitched well in the loss and PC hits were recorded by Jason West (2B, 1B), Ethan Dunlop (2B), Jake Porter (1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B), Max Newsome (1B) and John Harning (1B).

Led by William Gentner who threw a complete game, no-hitter, PC rebounded strong with a 4-0 victory in the second game. Gentner was masterful in the five innings fanning six and walking only one batter. A total of eight hits were recorded by PC including Joe Witt (2B, 1B), Brad Lesman (1B, 1B), Max Newsome (1B), Ethan Dunlop (1B), Daniel Kuchenbuch (1B) and Jason West (1B).

Rained Out Niles Games Rescheduled
to Friday, May 10th

Hudsonville Tournament CANCELLED

The varsity tournament hosted by Hudsonville and the JV double-header with Hudsonville in Portage have been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Opening Day 2013 Delayed AGAIN

More rain has forced the games on Thursday, April 11th to be cancelled. The weekend tournament in Hudsonville doesn't look too promising either so it may be next Tuesday before the Mustang Varsity and JV play (vs Kalamazoo Central) and Monday for the Freshmen who travel to Gull Lake. 

Opening Day 2013 Rained-Out

Everyone was crossing their fingers and hoping the weather man would be wrong (again) but unfortunately for Portage Central's Baseball teams the storms rolled in and the rains came down. And opening day is put off at least another day for the Varsity and JV squads.

Mustangs Celebrate 2012 Season With Banquet at Fetzer Center

The Portage Central baseball "family" assembled Monday night at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center to celebrate the 2012 season for all three Mustangs teams.

Varsity head coach Paul Schneider announced that seniors Derek Schneider and Logan Templeton, along with junior Nate Schneider, were each selected to the all-SMAC West first team.

Templeton, the school's career record-holder with 25 pitching victories and only 3 loses, along with Derek Schneider (21-2 career pitching record), were each lauded as 4-year varsity players. In their time on the varsity, Templeton and Schneider have helped the Mustangs compile a staggering overall record of 118-26. Schneider was also announced as the team's Most Valuable Player, an all-district selection and will pitch June 26 at Detroit's Comerica Park in the East-West High School All-Star Game. Senior Ty Laurencig was selected by his teammates as Most Improved Player.

 First-year freshman coach Steve Graham introduced and recognized a team that compiled a 15-4 record this season, while junior varsity coach Chris Gates did the same with a club that won 24 of its final 25 games and finished, 24-4.


Back-to-Back District Titles for Mustangs!

Portage Central (24-9) rode the arms of seniors Logan Templeton and Derek Schneider en route to its 11th district championship since 1996 Saturday at Mustang Field.

Templeton pitched a complete-game gem in a 5-0 semifinal win over Kalamazoo Central, before Schneider worked five strong innings on the way to a 9-4 victory over Mattawan in the championship game.

In the morning semifinal, Templeton (8-1) scattered two hits, walked a batter and struck out eight others. Schneider collected a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. Juniors Nate Schneider and Gavin Porter each added an RBI-double.

Against Mattawan, Nate Schneider's 3-run home run in the second inning highlighted a six-run frame to break the game wide open. Derek Schneider and senior Jaden Nozicka also collected RBI-singles in the pivotal inning. The Mustangs tacked on three runs in the fourth inning, with Derek Schneider's run-scoring single and a two-run single by Porter producing the tallies. Derek Schneider (7-1) struck out seven Wildcats and scattered eight hits before giving way to junior Cole Schaefer, who held Mattawan at-bay over his two innings of work to ensure the Mustangs' second consecutive district championship.

The Mustangs will travel across town to Portage Northern next Saturday for a regional semifinal showdown with Dexter, the winner of the Ann Arbor Pioneer district. The time of the game is noon.


Mustangs Rout Schoolcraft

The Mustangs pounded out 11 hits in just three innings Tuesday afternoon en route to a 17-1 non-conference victory at Schoolcraft.

Junior Nate Schneider led the hit parade with three safeties, including a triple. He also drove in a pair of runs. Senior Derek Schneider (2 RBIs) and junior Will Jacobson each collected a pair of hits, while juniors Alex McCoy and Andrew Carr each plated a pair of teammates. Sophomore Ryan Mergener had three RBIs and scored three runs. Senior Jaden Nozicka also scored three times and junior Nick Corbit crossed the plate twice.

Senior righthander Logan Templeton was credited with his team-high seventh mound win of the season. He struck out one batter and walked another in two innings of work. Nozicka struck out two batters in the third inning.


Mustangs Fall to Gull Lake in G-K Gold Division Final

Portage Central was unable to successfully defend its Greater Kalamazoo Tournament Gold Division championship, falling to Gull Lake Saturday, 3-2 in an 8-inning thriller, at Western Michigan University's Hyames Field.

Gull Lake, ranked No. 1 in Division 2, slapped three straight singles to account for the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning.

The Mustangs' got a pair of RBI-singles from junior Gavin Porter, but collected just seven hits against a pair of Gull Lake pitchers. Senior lefthander Derek Schneider pitched seven strong innings. He scattered three hits, walked three batters and struck out six Blue Devils. Senior righthander Logan Templeton was tagged with just the third loss of his record-setting career.


Mustangs Won't Travel to Niles, Still Share SMAC West Title



Mustangs Split Doubleheader at Battle Creek Lakeview

The Mustangs traveled to Battle Creek Wednesday afternoon and split an interdivisional SMAC doubleheader against Lakeview, winning the opener, 9-1, before dropping the nightcap, 6-5.

Senior lefthander Ryan Pobuda started on the mound in Game 1. He worked the first 4 2/3 innings, en route to his second victory of the season, scattering five hits and three walks. Pobuda struck out four Spartans. Senior Jaden Nozicka worked the final 2 1/3 innings. He yielded a pair of hits and a walk, while recording four strikeouts. Offensively, the Mustangs got two hits and two runs from Nozicka, along with seniors Derek Schneider (double) and Greyson Granger. Junior Nate Schneider drove in a pair of runs for the Mustangs, while Derek Schneider, Granger, and juniors Will Jacobson, Cole Schaefer and Alex McCoy each plated a teammate, as well.

Game 2 saw the Mustangs jump out to a 5-0 lead after three innings, but the Spartans pushed across two runs in the sixth, three more in the seventh and then added the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth frame. Granger started the game and was perfect through four innings, yielding no hits and striking out five Spartans. The Spartans scored three times against junior Jared VanderBor in the seventh without the benefit of a basehit, and then touched sophomore Ryan Mergener for a game-ending double in the next inning. The Mustangs collected 11 hits in the nightcap, including a double and a triple by Nate Schneider. Schneider also scored a run and plated another. Jacobson added a pair of hits and scored a run for the Mustangs, Mergener swatted a two-run triple and Granger also added a three-base hit.


Mustangs Sweep Crosstown Rival Huskies on Senior Day

The 1-2 pitching punch of seniors Derek Schneider and Logan Templeton delivered a double knockout of crosstown rival, Portage Northern Tuesday afternoon at Mustang Field. Each hurler worked six strong innings on the mound, and the Mustangs vanquished the Huskies by scores of 7-0 and 11-1.

Schneider scattered three hits and struck out seven batters in Game 1 en route to his sixth victory of the year. Junior Jared VanderBor retired the only three batters he faced in the seventh inning. Junior Alex McCoy collected two of the Mustangs' nine hits, including a triple. He also drove in a run. Junior Will Jacobson's two-run double in the third inning broke things open. Junior Nate Schneider also scored twice.

In the nightcap, Templeton fanned 10 Huskies, yielded three hits and did not walk a batter. Senior Jaden Nozicka had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice to pace the offense. Derek Schneider and sophomore Ryan Mergener chipped in with two hits, apiece. Junior Andrew Carr collected two RBIs, and a two-run single off the bat of Nate Schneider with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning ended the game. Senior Greyson Granger also scored a pair of runs.

Between games Tuesday, the Mustangs honored their five seniors. In addition to Derek Schneider, Templeton, Nozicka and Granger, Ty Laurencig and Ryan Pobuda were also recognized.


Mustangs To Defend G-K Tournament Championship

Portage Central pounded out a season-high 14 hits Saturday morning at Mustang Field, en route to a 16-1 Gold Division victory over Paw Paw in the opening round of the Greater Kalamazoo Tournament. The Mustangs then escaped with a 4-3 win in the semifinals over Hackett Catholic Central to advance to next Saturday's championship game at Western Michigan University's Hyames Field. The Mustangs are the defending champions in the event.

In the first game, good things came in threes for junior Nick Corbit in victory over the Redskins. Corbit swatted three singles, drove in three runs and scored three times. Senior Derek Schneider (3 RBI, 2 runs), junior Will Jacobson (3 runs, RBI) and sophomore Ryan Mergener (3 RBI, run) each collected a pair of hits. Junior Gavin Porter (double) had three RBI, while juniors Alex McCoy and Chase Richards each scored a pair of runs.

An RBI-single by Nate Schneider with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning provided the eventual margin of victory against Hackett Catholic Central. Corbit had two more hits for the Mustangs, and also collected an RBI and scored a run, Jacobson scored two runs, and Porter was credited with another RBI.

Senior Logan Templeton worked only one inning -- the sixth -- but was credited with the mound victory. Templeton yielded a pair of hits, an unearned run and struck out the final batter he faced. Junior Jared VanderBor struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning to notch his seventh save of the year. Junior Cole Schaefer worked the first five innings. He surrendered two earned runs, five hits, walked a batter and fanned six others.


Mustangs Sweep Lakeshore in SMAC West Twinbill

Seniors Derek Schneider and Logan Templeton each turned in complete-game mound performances Tuesday to help lead Portage Central past Stevensville Lakeshore in a SMAC West doubleheader at Mustang Field. The Mustangs won the opener, 8-2, and then rallied to win Game 2, 3-2.

In the opener, the left-handed Schneider struck out a season-high 11 batters en route to his fifth victory of the season. Schneider scattered three hits and walked three batters. Senior Greyson Granger and junior Gavin Porter each had a pair of hits for the Mustangs. Sophomore Ryan Mergener, along with juniors Nate Schneider and Will Jacobson, each scored twice. A fifth-inning double by junior Cole Schaefer drove in a pair of runs.

In the nightcap, the Lancers plated two unearned runs in the third inning, but were unable to add to their total against Templeton. The right-hander scattered six hits, walked four batters and struck out five others en route to his fourth mound win of the season. Templeton fanned the final Lakeshore hitter he faced with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to set the stage for a thrilling finish. Junior Nick Corbit was the offensive hero of the game, smacking a two-out single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning to score senior Jaden Nozicka with the winning run. Corbit had two of the Mustangs' eight hits, as did Mergener. A single by Schaefer in the sixth inning tied the score at 2-2.


Mustangs Split at Sturgis

Portage Central traveled Thursday to Sturgis and split a pair of games, winning the opener, 12-3, before dropping the nightcap, 4-1.

The Mustangs snapped out of their offensive funk in Game 1, collecting a season-high 11 hits. Leading the charge was senior, Greyson Granger, who swatted three doubles and drove in four runs. Senior Jaden Nozicka had three hits, scored a run and plated another. Sophomore Ryan Mergener had two hits, an RBI and scored a run, while junior Nate Schneider scored three times. Senior Ryan Pobuda worked six solid innings on the mound, en route to the victory. The southpaw scattered four hits, walked three batters and struck out five Trojans. Junior Jared VanderBot fanned two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the bats went silent again in Game 2, as they amassed just four singles. A sacrifice fly off the bat of junior Gavin Porter plated senior Ty Laurencig in the fifth inning to account for the Mustangs' lone run. Junior Cole Schaefer absorbed the mound loss, but struck out nine batters in five innings of work. 


Mattawan Sweeps Mustangs in SMAC West Twinbill

The Portage Central Mustangs dropped both ends of a SMAC West doubleheader Tuesday at Mattawan by scores of 2-1 and 8-6.

The first game was a classic pitcher's duel between Portage Central senior Derek Schneider and Mattawan junior B.J. Butler. Schneider struck out 10 Mattawan hitters, but the Wildcats made single tallies in the first and third innings stand up behind Butler. The Mustangs managed just four hits in the contest, two of which came off the bat of senior Ty Laurencig.

In the second game, the Mustangs squandered a 6-1 lead. Senior Logan Templeton and junior Jared VanderBor combined to surrender three home runs to Mattawan hitters, and the Mustangs committed four errors in the contest. Junior Nate Schneider clubbed a three-run home run in a 5-run third inning for the Mustangs. Portage Central also got run-scoring singles from juniors Cole Schaefer and Gavin Porter in that frame. Schaefer collected two of the Mustangs' eight hits in the nightcap.


Mustangs Split at Midland

In a prep baseball doubleheader featuring two of the state's top Division 1 teams, the No. 5-ranked Portage Central Mustangs traveled across the state Saturday and split a pair of games with No. 2-ranked Midland. Portage Central scored a 3-1 victory in the opener, before dropping a tough 2-1 decision in Game 2.

The Mustangs pushed across single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings, collecting a total of nine hits. Junior Gavin Porter had two hits and scored a run. Sophomore Ryan Mergener, senior Jaden Nozicka and junior Will Jacobson were each credited with an RBI. Nozicka pitched four innings in relief of senior starter, Derek Schneider, to earn the mound win. Nozicka yielded one hit, walked three batters and struck out two Chemics. Junior Jared VanderBor worked a perfect seventh inning to notch his sixth save of the season.

In the nightcap, Midland scored two runs in the fifth inning to thwart the Mustangs' hope of a sweep. Portage Central managed just four hits in the contest, and left the bases loaded twice. Schneider collected two hits, and junior Alex McCoy swatted a double. Junior Cole Schaefer (2 innings, 1 hit) started the game on the mound. Senior Logan Templeton (2 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts) spelled him, before giving way to senior Ty Laurencig (2 innings, 1 earned run, two hits).


Mustangs Hold Tigers Hitless in SMAC West Sweep

Four Portage Central pitchers combined to hold visiting Benton Harbor without a hit Tuesday afternoon in a SMAC West sweep at Mustang Field. Host Portage Central won by scores of 6-0 and 15-0.

Senior southpaw Derek Schneider (4-0) earned the mound victory in Game 1, striking out eight Benton Harbor hitters in his three-inning stint. Juniors Cole Schaefer (3 innings, 6 strikeouts) and Jared VanderBor (1 inning, 3 strikeouts) relieved Schneider. Offensively, the Mustangs got two hits from junior Nate Schneider. Sophomore Ryan Mergener drove in a pair of runs.

In the nightcap, senior right-hander Logan Templeton (3-0) pitched three perfect innings to establish a new Portage Central record with his 20th career victory. The win snapped a tie with former Mustangs Greg Welke, Kyle Clark and Monty Porter. Templeton struck out six batters in the win. Derek Schneider had a monster game at the plate in the nightcap, collecting three hits and four RBIs. Junior Nick Corbit had two hits, scored twice and drove in three runs, senior Jaden Nozicka had two hits and two RBI and Nate Schneider also drove in a pair of runs. Junior Will Jacobson scored three times and Mergener crossed the plate twice. 


Mustangs Sweep Flushing

The Portage Central baseball team got solid starting pitching performances Thursday afternoon by seniors Jaden Nozicka and Greyson Granger and swept the Flushing Raiders, 5-2 and 4-2 in a non-conference doubleheader at Mustang Field.

Nozicka scattered five hits over his five innings of work en route to the victory. The right-hander struck out five batters and walked just one. Junior Jared VanderBor added four strikeouts and no walks in his two innings of relief to notch the save. Granger and junior Cole Schaefer each collected a pair of hits and an RBI. Juniors Will Jacobson and Nate Schneider also drove in a run.

Granger struck out a career-high 10 batters in five innings on the mound in Game 2. The southpaw yielded just three hits and was not touched for an earned run. Senior Ty Laurencig pitched the sixth inning, fanning two batters en route to the save. Granger collected two of the Mustangs' six hits and added another RBI. Schaefer, senior Alex McCoy and junior Nick Corbit each chipped in with an RBI.


Portage Central Splits With St. Joseph

The Portage Central Mustangs traveled to St. Joseph Tuesday for a SMAC West doubleheader and split with the host Bears. The Mustangs won the first game, 6-2, before committing four errors in the nightcap en route to a 5-3 setback.

Senior Derek Schneider pitched a complete-gem in the opener. The crafty southpaw yielded two earned runs, scattered six hits, walked four batters and struck out seven. Junior Cole Schaefer clubbed his first home run of the season, while Schneider along with seniors Greyson Granger and Ty Laurencig each collected a pair of hits. Schneider also had two RBIs, while Laurencig scored two runs.

Schaefer lasted just 2 2/3 innings in Game 2. The big right-hander yielded five runs, only two of which were earned. Senior Logan Templeton spelled Schaefer and was lights-out over the final 3 1/3 innings. Templeton surrendered a pair of hits, struck out five batters and walked none. Granger and junior Nate Schneider each drove in a run. Derek Schneider, Granger and junior Will Jacobson each scored a run, but the Mustangs amassed just three hits.


Portage Central Sweeps Grandville

Portage Central hosted the Grandville Bulldogs to Mustang Field Saturday, and swept the visitors by scores of 6-2 and 3-0.

Senior Greyson Granger worked the first five innings on the mound in Game 1 for the Mustangs, en route to the victory. Granger scattered four hits, walked three batters and struck out five Bulldogs. Sophomore Ryan Mergener pitched the final two innings and notched the save. Mergener yielded a hit and fanned two batters. Seniors Derek Schneider (two doubles) and Jaden Nozicka each had a pair of hits for Portage Central. Nozicka also scored twice.

In Game 2, senior Ty Laurencig pitched the first four innings to notch his first varsity victory. The right-hander surrendered three hits and struck out four Bulldogs. Senior Ryan Pobuda (1 walk), junior Jared VanderBor (1 hit, 1 strikeout) and Schneider (1 hit, save) relieved Laurencig to preserve the shutout. Junior Gavin Porter recorded two of the Mustangs' three hits and was credited with a key RBI in the sixth inning.


Mustangs Split With Lakeshore

The Portage Central Mustangs traveled to Stevensville Thursday afternoon and split a non-conference doubleheader with the host Lancers. The Mustangs rallied to win the opener, 5-3, in eight innings, before dropping a 9-3 decision in the nightcap.

Senior right-hander Logan Templeton earned the mound victory in Game 1, scattering nine hits over seven innings. Templeton struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked none. It marked the 19th pitching victory of Templeton's Portage Central career, tying the school record held by former standouts Greg Welke, Kyle Clark and Monty Porter. Junior Jared VanderBor worked a scoreless eighth frame en route to his second save of the season. VanderBor did not give up a hit, walked one batter and struck out another. Senior Derek Schneider collected two of the Mustangs' hits in the opener. Junior Cole Schaefer had two RBIs, while seniors Greyson Granger and Jaden Nozicka each scored a pair of runs.

In the nightcap, the Mustangs committed six errors and Lakeshore made them pay with four runs in a pivotal fifth inning. Portage Central managed just six hits in the second game, with the big blow coming on a two-run single in the first inning by junior Andrew Carr. Schaefer also collected an RBI. Nozicka absorbed the hard-luck mound loss. He scattered four hits, struck out five batters and walked none in his 4 1/3 innings of work, but the Mustangs committed five errors behind him.


Schneider, Schaefer Blank Kalamazoo Central

Senior Derek Schneider and junior Cole Schaefer each turned in masterful mound performances Tuesday afternoon against Kalamazoo Central at Mustang Field. Schneider tossed a complete-game two-hit gem in Game 1, en route to a 5-0 SMAC West victory. Schaefer then one-upped his teammate with a complete-game no-hitter in just his second varsity start. Between them, Schneider and Schaefer struck out 17 Maroon Giants and walked just one.

In the opener, Schaefer collected two of the Mustangs' six hits and drove in a pair of runs. Junior Will Jacobson clubbed the team's first home run of the season and also plated a pair of teammates.

Sophomore Ryan Mergener had three hits and an RBI in the nightcap. Senior Greyson Granger smacked a triple that scored Jacobson. Schaefer was perfect through five innings, before a shaky sixth frame ended his chance at a perfect game. Junior shortstop Nate Schneider saved Schaefer's no-hitter with a phenomenal play with one out in the seventh inning on a ground ball deep in the hole, throwing out K Central's Cam Janssen by a step.


Mustangs Split in Hudsonville Tournament

Portage Central split two games Saturday at the annual Eagle-Sader Tournament, hosted by Hudsonville High School. The Mustangs dropped the opener to Forest Hills Central, 6-1, before bouncing back with a 4-1 victory over Unity Christian.

A pair of FH Central pitchers silenced the Mustangs' bats in the opener. Portage Central managed just seven singles, two of which came off the bat of senior Jaden Nozicka. Junior Nick Corbit scored the Mustangs' lone run in the seventh inning on a ground ball by junior Connor Gorczyca. Nozicka absorbed the mound loss for Portage Central. Seniors Ty Laurencig (two innings) and Ryan Pobuda (one inning) relieved Nozicka and held the Rangers at-bay for the balance of the contest.

In the second game, senior Logan Templeton pitched four solid innings en route to the victory. The right-hander scattered three hits, yielded an unearned run, walked three and struck out five. Junior Jared VanderBor pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Templeton to earn his first varsity save. VanderBor surrendered three hits, walked a batter and struck out three others. Nozicka and junior Andrew Carr each had a pair of hits. Carr also drove in a run, as did senior Derek Schneider and Corbit.


Mustangs Open with Win, Tie

The Portage Central Mustangs kicked off their 2012 season with a win and a tie Thursday afternoon on the road against SMAC West Division foe, Niles. The Mustangs won the opener, 5-1. Descending darkness shortened the nightcap to six innings, with the two teams tied at 1-1.

In the first game, the Mustangs snapped a 0-0 deadlock with two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth. Sophomore Ryan Mergener collected two hits and two RBIs in his varsity debut. Senior Jaden Nozicka also had a pair of hits. Senior Derek Schneider pitched 4 1/3 innings en route to the mound victory. The southpaw yielded no runs, scattered three hits and struck out six Vikings. Senior Logan Templeton worked 1 2/3 innings in relief of Schneider, yielding an earned run and three hits. Templeton also struck out three of the eight hitters he faced. Junior Jared VanderBor pitched a perfect seventh inning in his first varsity stint, striking out two of the three Vikings he faced.

In Game 2, junior Cole Schaefer worked five strong innings in his varsity debut. He was touched for an unearned run, yielded two hits, walked two batters and struck out six Vikings. Nozicka pitched the sixth inning for the Mustangs, yielding no hits with two walks and a strikeout. Junior Nate Schneider's RBI-single in the sixth inning plated Nozicka to account for the Mustangs' lone run. Mergener had the lone other Portage Central hit.

The Mustangs travel north Saturday to Hudsonville for the annual Eagle-Sader Tournament. Portage Central opens against Forest Hills Central in a 10 a.m.contest at Jenison High School.


Portage Central Season Preview

The No. 2-ranked Mustangs open the 2012 season today with a tough road test against SMAC West Division foe, Niles. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

For a preview of the 2012 season, CLICK HERE


ESPN Pre-Season Rankings for Michigan Teams

On the heels of an appearance last season in the Division 1 state semifinals, the 2012 Portage Central baseball team is included in the ESPN pre-season rankings for Michigan prep teams.

The Mustangs (35-3 last year) are No. 7 in the initial poll, which includes teams throughout the state, regardless of division.

For a complete list of teams, as well as other news CLICK HERE

The Mustangs are also ranked No. 2 among Division 1 teams in the pre-season version of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association poll. That link appears on the left side of this page as the 'MHSBCA Rankings.'


Saturday May 31st
vs Portage North

Loss 3-7

Saturday May 31st
vs Mattawan

Win 3-1

Wednesday May 28th
vs Loy Norrix

Win 9-0


Spring 2015

ST. JOSEPH 10-4-0
NILES 8-6-0
* Champion  


 Varsity 18-12
 Jr. Varsity 15-7
 Freshmen 17-1


Austin Duff
Austin Wills
Jake Porter
Josh Hardham
Jordyn Muffley (6)
ason Patnoude(2)
Mickey Losey
Ryan Mergener (6)

John Hayward
Matt Janicke
Matt Janicke